A Free Man: A True Story of Life and Death in Delhi (Hardback)
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Short Description for A Free Man An intimate portrait of an invisible manDa powerful story of one man's life that contains multitudes.
- Published: 18 January 2013
- Format: Hardback 230 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780393088908 ISBN 10: 0393088901
- Sales rank: 596,490
Full description for A Free Man
Like Dave Eggers's Zeitoun and Alexander Masters's Stuart, this is a tour de force of narrative reportage. Mohammed Ashraf studied biology, became a butcher, a tailor, and an electrician's apprentice; now he is a homeless day laborer in the heart of old Delhi. How did he end up this way? In an astonishing debut, Aman Sethi brings him and his indelible group of friends to life through their adventures and misfortunes in the Old Delhi Railway Station, the harrowing wards of a tuberculosis hospital, an illegal bar made of cardboard and plywood, and into Beggars Court and back onto the streets. In a time of global economic strain, this is an unforgettable evocation of persistence in the face of poverty in one of the world's largest cities. Sethi recounts Ashraf's surprising life story with wit, candor, and verve, and A Free Man becomes a moving story of the many ways a man can be free.